(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama strongly supports legislation that would place more regulations on business and expand litigation opportunities for women who experience pay discrimination from their employer. This comes at a time when Democrats are trying to mobilize women voters for the 2012 elections.
In public speeches, Obama has urged the public to pressure the U.S. Senate to reach the filibuster-proof, 60-vote threshold to pass the bill that comes up for a vote on Tuesday, June 5.
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“If Congress passes the Paycheck Fairness Act, women are going to have access to more tools to claim equal pay for equal work,” Obama said during a listen-only conference call on June 4. “If Congress doesn’t act, women are still going to have difficulty enforcing and pressing for this basic principle.”
“We’ve got to understand this is more than just about fairness,” the president said. “Women are the breadwinners for a lot of families. And if they’re making less than men do for the same work, families are going to have to get by for less money for childcare and tuition and rent. Small businesses have fewer customers. Everybody suffers.”
The Paycheck Fairness Act would require employers to demonstrate that any wage gaps between men and women are the result of factors other than gender; would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with their co-workers; and require the Department of Labor to train employers to eliminate pay disparities and create a competitive federal grant program to provide negotiation skills training programs for women.
Read More at cnsnews.com. By Fred Lucas.